A secret location?

Arms fair conference moved

The London Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has been accused of running scared after moving a seminar for arms companies to a secret location. The event on 8 September, which will explore arms sales to the Middle East, was due to take place at the Royal Bank of Scotland. It was moved after the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) called for protests outside.

The blurb for the seminar declares: ‘the Middle East is one of the regions with the greatest number of opportunities for UK defence and security companies’. It refers to sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The LCC failed to respond to the Friend’s request for a comment. CAAT’s Anne-Marie O’Reilly said: ‘It’s a shame that they seem to be focusing on hiding the event from awkward protests rather than understanding just how abhorrent it is’.

The seminar falls just before one of the world’s largest arms fairs. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) will be held at London’s Excel Centre from 13 to 16 September.

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